The growth of women’s MMA is still a work in progress but with fighters like Ronda Rousey leading the charge it appears things should continue in a positive direction. Not only was Rousey part of a much-anticipated Strikeforce headliner against Miesha Tate this past weekend but she, along with Tate and fellow female Sarah Kaufman, out-earned a number of their male counterparts in terms of both base pay and total take-home.
The list of salaries from Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey was released on Monday, and though the rundown was topped by Ronaldo Souza, it appeared to indicate good things could be in store for the sport as long as the bevy of talented women continues to impress.
Rousey made $32,000 for her title-winning tap-out of Tate including a $17,000 win bonus while Tate in turn was paid $19,000. Meanwhile, Kaufman exited the arena with a $25,000 check in tow.
Souza and Josh Thomson were the card’s highest earners with $92,000 and $80,000 a piece.
Read below for a full list of payouts:
Ryan Couture: $10,000 (no win bonus) def. Conor Heun: $8,000
Pat Healy: $22,500 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Caros Fodor: $12,000
Roger Bowling: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Brandon Saling: $5,000
Sarah Kaufman: $25,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Alexis Davis: $4,000
Ronaldo Souza: $92,000 (includes $22,000) win bonus) def. Bristol Marunde: $10,000
Lumumba Sayers: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Scott Smith: $65,000
Kazuo Misaki: $50,000 (no win bonus) def. Paul Daley: $45,000
Josh Thomson: $80,000 (no win bonus) def. K.J. Noons: $38,000
Ronda Rousey: $32,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. Miesha Tate: $19,000
PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE